CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD DIRECTOR POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Housing Authority of the City of Birmingham (HABD) and the City of Birmingham collaborated with
public/private partners to receive the first $50M Choice Neighborhood Implementation grant in the state of
Alabama. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for a strategic leader to orchestrate the team that will
transform the lives of public housing residents living at Smithfield Court and the quality of life in the
Smithfield-College Hills-Graymont community. Working with local and national experts, Birmingham’s
Choice Neighborhood Director will design a program that will serve as a regional and national model for
revitalization of distressed communities. Join the Birmingham team that is focused on place-based,
signature redevelopment. Mayor Randall Woodfin’s mantra is Putting People First and HABD’s mission is
to provide the highest standard of affordable housing while fostering vibrant, inclusive communities and
serving as a catalyst for opportunity. Visit smithfieldchoice.org for additional background information.
The Birmingham Choice Neighborhood Implementation (CNI) Director is responsible for the detailed
management and implementation oversight of Birmingham’s Choice Neighborhood initiatives, including
successful and intentional completion of the Housing Plan, Critical Community Improvements (CCI) plan,
and the People Plan. The Birmingham CNI Director will also be responsible for identifying and sustaining
strategic partnerships, managing consultants and seeking investment and funding opportunities that will
enhance the economic prosperity of the residents and neighborhoods within the area that includes
Smithfield Court, the target public housing site and the transformation area, Smithfield-College
The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (HABD) and City of Birmingham (COB), as Grantee and
Co-Grantee, respectively, oversee all aspects of the implementation of the Choice Neighborhood
Implementation grant. As grant and project manager, HABD coordinates all SCG Choice activities. The
City of Birmingham (represented guidance, and leadership to the development of the SCG Choice
Initiatives. The City is also the Neighborhood Implementation lead. HABD and COB work hand-in-hand to
oversee implementation of the grant and ensure the vision of the respective organizations is fully
represented by the implementation leads. The CNI Director will report to the HABD’s Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) and the City of Birmingham’s Director of Community Development who together will provide
overall strategic oversight and general supervision. Specifically, the CNI Director will be an employee of
HABD and administratively and operationally supported by HABD.
The CNI Director will oversee the alignment of the day-to-day housing, neighborhood, and people
strategy activities associated with Birmingham’s Choice Neighborhood initiatives including, but not limited
to work on the following: developing replacement housing and affordable and mixed-income apartments,
connecting residents with programs and support networks, bridging the digital divide and addressing
challenges with literacy, providing access to healthy foods, developing the early childhood learning center
and Social Innovation Center and further refinements to the workforce development components and key
neighborhood recreational areas, strategic placement of community art, and implementing a homeowner
and commercial façade improvement program. Key CNI partners in these initiatives include the City of
Birmingham, UAB, United Way, neighborhood residents, property and business owners, City
departments, elected and appointed officials, church leaders, service providers, nonprofit and for-profit
developers, and educational institutions. Also, among the CNI Director’s core responsibilities will be
monitoring the grant process, completing data reporting, and submitting required progress reports. The
position description provides detailed essential duties, responsibilities as well as education and
experience requirements for the CNI Director.
To learn more about Birmingham’s Choice Neighborhood Initiatives, please visit the Birmingham Choice
website: smithfieldchoice.org; also visit HABD's and the City’s websites.
Education and/or Experience
1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree
preferred) in Public Administration, Urban Planning, Urban Renewal, Business Administration, real
estate finance, or a related field.
2. Minimum five years of work experience with federal housing and community development programs
including Choice Neighborhood and HOPE VI programs or similarly broad community
development/place-based initiatives, including program or contract management, budget
development and management, and program management.
3. Proficiency in community redevelopment and cultivating public-private partnerships.
4. Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills.
5. Ability to cultivate and maintain effective relationships with government, business, political, and
6. Proven ability to work effectively with a diverse group of individuals from various racial, cultural,
and ethnic backgrounds.
7. Ability to manage a high workload, multiple projects, partners, stakeholders and competing
8. Strong attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and an ability to work well under pressure.
9. Knowledge of local, state, and national policies, issues, and best practices regarding community
redevelopment and affordable housing.
10. Ability to gather, analyze and synthesize data.
11. Strong computer skills; demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook,
and other software programs.
12. Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required
knowledge and abilities may be considered sufficient.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Possession of a valid Alabama driver’s license and the ability to be insurable under the Agency’s
automobile insurance plan at the standard rate.
Both training and significant successful experience in Project Management is required.
To apply, please submit a resume and a letter of interest that addresses the areas below:
● How your skills, experience and/or relationships would support the Birmingham CNI grant.
● Describe any previous participation in Choice Neighborhood efforts or other community
● Describe previous roles and/or relationships with City government agencies or programs.
If applicable, a portfolio of relevant projects to include the name and location of the project, number of
units, affordability mix, developers, and your role in the development. Please include any relevant
pictures associated with the project.
For consideration resumes, letters of interest, and other relevant material should be emailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday, January 15, 2024. All submissions will be reviewed
with outstanding candidates forwarded for further consideration.